Canyon County Commissioner Steve Rule is coming under fire for circulating an e-mail that compares Michelle Obama’s election-night dress to a black widow spider. [...]
Jill Kuraitis of New West.net obtained a printed copy of the e-mail, which Rule received from a family member then forwarded to 26 people from his county e-mail account on Dec. 2.
Kuraitis said the e-mail features a photo of a black widow spider next to a photo of Michelle Obama in a black and red dress holding her elder daughter’s hand at the election-night event where Barack Obama accepted his election as the next president of the United States. Featuring boldface and underlines for emphasis, the e-mail reads, in part: “The female has a very wide backside, is Black, and has a red hour glass shaped marking on her belly You can find this spider in: Closets, Wood piles, Under Beds And soonTHE WHITE HOUSE!!!!”
Kuraitis decried the message as racist. [...]
“I didn’t see it that way,” Rule told the Idaho Statesman. “I didn’t study the e-mail I just thought the markings on her dress was very similar to that of the spider, and I thought it was kind of funny [...]